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  1. the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
  2. any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.
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Origin of scurf

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse skurfa scurf, crust
Related formsscurf·like, adjective
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  1. another name for dandruff
  2. flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface
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Derived Formsscurfy, adjective

Word Origin

Old English scurf; related to Old Norse skurfōttr scurfy, Old High German scorf, Danish skurv
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Word Origin and History for scurf


late Old English sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (cf. Danish skurv, Middle Dutch scorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), probably related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds," from PIE *skerp-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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scurf in Medicine


  1. Scaly or shredded dry skin, such as that which occurs as dandruff.
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